Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who slanders, calumniates, or speaks ill of the absent.
- n. person who says nasty things about another person behind the second person's back: that is, out of sight and hearing of the second person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who backbites; a secret calumniator or detractor.
- n. one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
“Accordingly a backbiter is a murderer _occasionally, _ since by his words he gives another man an occasion for hating or despising his neighbor.”
“Reply Obj. 1: A tale-bearer is called a backbiter in so far as he speaks ill of another; yet he differs from a backbiter since he intends not to speak ill as such, but to say anything that may stir one man against another, though it be good simply, and yet has a semblance of evil through being unpleasant to the hearer.”
“And many other are there, good and great; and one, Loki, fair of face, ill in temper and fickle of mood, is called the backbiter of the Asa, and speaker of evil redes and shame of all gods and men; he has above all that craft called sleight, and cheats all in all things.”
“The "backbiter" is frequently seen, in most unlovely form, and two persons gossiping with an "unseen witness" in the shape of an avenging friend, looking on and waiting for his opportunity to strike!”
“19, “And meddle not with such as flatter with their mouth,” as indeed commonly they who reproach the absent, flatter the present; a backbiter is a face-flatterer.”
“‘And many other are there, good and great; and one, Loki, fair of face, ill in temper and fickle of mood, is called the backbiter of the Asa, and speaker of evil redes and shame of all gods and men; he has above all that craft called sleight, and cheats all in all things.”
“She is a snake a backbiter a backstabber a lier a cheat and she learned well from hubby Bill the cheater, lier, robber and they both are suffering from ADD and Bipolar sickness.”
“I normally love this show, but seriously, can we try to keep the reality-tv backbiter attitude out of it?”
“And amid a hail of derisory images came the raucous cry of a backbiter: "Who stole the weather, Powell?”
“McCain is not so much a maverick as he is a backbiter.”
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